Isabelle Lacy in the 2022 Surbiton Trophy, UK
Isabelle Lacy in the 2022 Surbiton Trophy, UK | (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images for LTA)

Tennis | UK Pro League Round Up | Lacy & Brady win week 7

By Glenys Furness

  • Debutants Isabelle Lacy & Patrick Brady win
  • First UK Pro League on grass
FELIXSTOWE, UK – Isabelle Lacy & Patrick Brady claimed the wins in the debuts at the event. This week was the first time held on grass.


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Isabelle Lacy kicked off the play on Monday on court two. The 16 year old was against Michelle Dzjachangirova. The Dutch player found the Brit far too strong. Lacy dominated the first set, as Dzjachangirova struggled to hold serve. The second set was even better for the young Brit, as Lacy didn’t drop a game to take the first win 6-2, 6-0.

In the second match, Lacy was against Isabella Lynch. The first set was very very close and looked to be heading to a tiebreak. However, the 20 year old managed to break serve right at the end and take the lead. Lacy, though, regrouped in the second set. The 16 year old dominated and didn’t lose a game to level up the match. In the ensuing match tiebreak, the younger Brit eased through to claim her second win 5-7, 6-0, 10-3.

The quarter-final saw Lacy against Lara Bakhaya. The 16 year old had very little trouble with her older compatriot as Bakhaya struggled to stay with the pace. Lacy soon had the first set in the bag with a dominating performance. The younger Brit then repeated this in the second set and soon moved into the next round 6-2, 6-2.

In the semi-final Lacy was against Summer Yardley. The first set was close at the start, as Lacy and Yardley stayed together. However, eventually, the younger Brit got the break and took the lead. The second set saw Lacy again dominate and lose only one game to move into the final 6-3, 6-1.

The final saw Lacy against Kate Mansfield. The American stayed toe to toe with the Brit at the start, however, Lacy was able to get the break of serve to take the lead. In the second set Lacy stepped up a gear and broke easily to dominate Mansfield and win the first Pro League week on grass, and in her debut week 6-4, 6-2.


Mens Event

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Patrick Brady entered his debut week and on Monday closed out play on court three. His first match was against Brandon Murphy. The first set was very close as neither player gave an inch and went to a tiebreak. Murphy, the older Brit dominated the tie break and took the lead. The second set saw Brady try to fight back, but Murphy was just too good and broke the younger Brit to take the match 7-6(2), 6-3.

The second match for Brady should have been against Liam Highnett, but this match didn’t take place. It did, however, allow Brady to progress to the quarter-final where he was against Marcus Walters. The 26 year old took Brady to a tiebreak in the first set. This time, though, it was the younger Brit who edged through and took the lead. The second set saw Brady dominate Walters and move into the next round in straight sets 7-6(6), 6-2.

In the semi-final Brady was against Tiran Sanghera. Just like his other two matches, the first set went to a tiebreak. Again, Brady edged through the breaker and took the lead. The second set started with the young debutant dominating. Sadly, Sanghera had to withdraw from the match, handing a spot in the final to Brady 7-6(7), 2-0 (RET).

The final saw Brady against Ryan Storrie. The older Brit started better and managed to break serve to take the lead. However, the second set saw the younger Brit up his game. Brady stayed with Storrie and forced a tiebreak. In the breaker the debutant dominated and levelled up the match. In the ensuing match tiebreak, Brady edged into the lead and took the win 3-6, 7-6(1), 10-6.



Other Placings

Roy Keegan defeated Tiran Sanghera to finish third 1-1 (RET).

Alice Gillan defeated Summer Yardley to finish third 6-2, 6-3.

Johannus Monday defeated David Quayle to finish fifth 6-2, 6-2.

Danielle Daley defeated Given Roach to finish fifth 6-3, 7-6(3).

Marcus Walters defeated Brandon Murphy to finish seventh 2-0 (RET).

Michelle Dzjachangirova defeated Lara Bakhaya to finish seventh 6-2, 6-2.


UK Pro League returns in August 2023.